Category Archives: Open Letters Series

Open Letters FROM Reformers I Know. Part 2: Wendy Kopp

Links to the rest of this series here Though she was the last one to receive an open letter from me, Wendy Kopp is the second person to respond.  I’ll probably make some comments about the letter in the ‘comments’ … Continue reading

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Open Letters To Reformers I Know. Part 8: Wendy Kopp

Links to the rest of this series here My ‘open letter’ series culminates with this letter to the founder of Teach For America, Wendy Kopp.  I suppose that I’ve ‘known’ Wendy for twenty-one years as I first spoke to her … Continue reading

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Open Letters To Reformers I Know. Part 7: Michelle Rhee

Links to the rest of this series here I first met Michelle Rhee, the reformer’s reformer, back in the summer of 1996.  At the time I was working for the TFA summer institute in Houston.  Though I was one year … Continue reading

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Open Letters To Reformers I Know. Part 6: Chris Barbic

Links to the rest of this series here Tennessee is one of the reformer hotspots.  The commissioner of Education there is a TFA alum, and Michelle Rhee’s ex-husband Kevin Huffman.  I know him a bit, too, but my letter will … Continue reading

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Open Letters FROM Reformers I Know. Part 1: Michael Johnston

Links to the rest of this series here Here is a response from Michael Johnston (I told you that I know these people!), the first response I’ve gotten from my open letters.  You can read my letter to him here. … Continue reading

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Open Letters To Reformers I Know. Part 5: Jon Schnur

Links to the rest of this series here Though I’ve complained for a few years that TFA alumni get more respect than they deserve, I’m also very aware that as an alum, myself, I too have benefited from my pedigree. … Continue reading

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Open Letters To Reformers I Know. Part 4: Timothy Daly

Links to the rest of this series here In the summer of 2001 I found, on the TFA website, a summer job description for something called ‘The New York City Teaching Fellows.’  It was a branch of something called ‘The … Continue reading

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